FORT MILL — The Nation Ford and Fort Mill girls’ tennis teams kick off the 2013 season next week.
Nation Ford is reloading after losing its No. 1 and No.3 players to graduation last year. The team is gaining five new players on this year’s squad and will have a new No. 1 in Suzanna Goss and new No. 2 in Lauren Schneider.
“The future looks good,” said Falcons head coach Ann Lamba. “We got some strong girls. We are young, but I think we will still be decent.”
Lamba said the team really isn’t rebuilding completely, but is trying to continue on from last year’s success and rebuilds a little every year. She said Clover should be the toughest team in Region III this season, but feels confident her squad will make the playoffs.
Nation Ford opens the season at Clover Sept. 3 and has its first home match Sept. 12 against Rock Hill.
Jackets’ top 5 return
Fort Mill has its top five players from last season returning and they are strong not just in experience, but also talent.
“We have a good deal of new talent,” said longtime Jackets head coach Angela Niccum.
In fact, interest was up so much for Fort Mill that the team had to make cuts for the first time since the 1990s.
The team has 13 girls on the roster this year, led by sophomore No. 1 Reagan Paff. With the depth and experience she has to work with, Niccum feels good about the Jackets’ chances for fighting for a Region III title.
“We should finish within the top couple of teams,” she said. “We got a solid top five.”
Niccum said both Nation Ford and Clover will be her team’s two biggest opponents in the region.
Fort Mill kicks off the regular season Sept. 3 at South Pointe and will play its first home match Sept. 5 against Nation Ford.